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L'Homme Absurde/Monsters/Fono Ltd/2016 Full Length Review

jeudi 10 novembre 2016 à 05:49

  L'Homme  Absurde  are  a  band  from  Russia  that  plays  post  black  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Monsters"  which  was  released  by  Fono  Ltd.

  A  very  heavy  and  melodic  sound  starts  off  the  album  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording  and  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  depressive  black  metal  screams  and  when  the  music  speeds up  a  decent  amount  of  tremolo  picking and  blast  beats  can  be  heard  which  also  gives  the  songs  more  of  a  raw  feeling.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  and  the  music  also  brings  in  a  great  amount  of  modern  post  black  metal  elements  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  the  music  also  gets  very atmospheric  at  times  and  some  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in length  and  some  songs  also  bring  in  elements  of  traditional  post  or indie  rock.

  L'Homme  Absurde  plays  a  style  of  post  black  metal  that  is  more  raw  and  aggressive  than  most  bands  of  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  raw  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover relations,  religion  and  identity  crisis  themes.

  In  my  opinion  L'Homme  Absurde  are  a  very  great  sounding  post  black  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Villians'  "Wanderer"  and  "Wires".  8  out  of  10.    

 

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/lhomme-absurdemonstersfono-ltd2016-full.html


Gnaw Their Tongues/Hymns For The Broken, Swollen And Silent/ConSouling Sounds/2016 CD Review

jeudi 10 novembre 2016 à 04:36

  Netherlands's  solo  project  Gnaw  Their  Tongues  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  that  continues  the  experimental  black  metal  style  of  previous  releases  and  this  is  a  review of  his  2016  album  "Hymns  For  The  Broken,  Swollen  And  Silent"  which  will  be  released  in  December  by  ConSouling  Sounds.

  Dark  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  underground  industrial  noise  elements  a  few  seconds  later  which  also  leads  up  to  drums  and  high  pitched  black  metal screams  being  added  onto  the  recording  and  synths  are  also  utilized  at  times  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  Spoken  word  parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  elements  of  doom  metal  and  dsbm  in  some  of  the  tracks  and  when  the  music  speeds  up  a  decent  amount  of  blast  beats  can  be  heard  while  growls  are  also  added  into  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  one  track  introduces  Gregorian  chants  onto  the  album  while  a  later  song  also  adds  in  influences  of  classical  music  and  the  faster  sections  of  the  songs  are  influenced  by  the  more  raw  side  of  black  metal  and  traces  of  harsh  noise  are  also  utilized  on  a  regular  basis  and  the  last  track  brings  in  operatic  female  vocals.

  Gnaw  Their Tongues  creates  another  album  that  remains  very  true  to  the  experimental  black  metal  style  of  previous  recordings,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  bondage,  torture,  Occultism,  Esoteric  and  Death  themes.

 In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  Gnaw  Their  Tongues  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  experimental  black  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Speared  Promises"  "Silent  Burned  Atrocities"  and  "Our  Mouths  Ridden  With  Worms".  8  out  of  10.       

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/gnaw-their-tongueshymns-for-broken.html


Koge Interview

jeudi 10 novembre 2016 à 00:48

1. For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?

I started Koge in early 2015 to perform Black Metal without any frills, simply concentrated on the essence
of the specific mood and atmosphere of the single tracks. It is deeply inspired by some classic bands from
Norway which coined my taste in Black Metal heavily. The lyrics that also exist for instrumental songs
are always of three lines and so demand the essence of my particular thought and not to get off the point.


2. How would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recordings?

Koge is mainly focussed on raw Black Metal but adding some ambient pieces to the whole spectrum.
It reflects my primal emotion linked to Black Metal and is therefore using primitive song patterns,
a dark and tragic keynote and atmospheric/meditative ambient elements. Listening to Black Metal
I always feel it to be a dark journey inwards and hope to hand a key to the listener with Koge.


3. You released 4 demos all in one day, do you put a great amount of time and effort into writing and creating music?

The material for Koge was written within ten months and is - like my other musical works - of an very impulsive nature. If there is an idea then I totally submit to it and bring it to manifestation until it is complete (as far this is possible). But in general, when in a creative phase, I do not think in terms of time or effort but simply open to the stream breaking out. Since I am working alone I have no limits when or how long to work. So it can happen that I am working on a daily basis for some weeks and collect material accordingly.


4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with this project?

The lyrics deal with transitoriness, thoughts on death and mortality, but also reflections on mythic topics
that reach into occult symbolism partly. Since I do not quote ideas I rather express an image from my
mind to find out its meaning for me by putting it into the lyrical scheme.


5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Koge'?

The name Koge comes from the Middle High German word for pestilence/plague. The word sounds
old and snaggy, quite sinister in my ears. I used that word already in the year 2000 for an ambient demo
I recorded for myself. So there is a reference as well to a chapter of my own music, too.


6. With this project you record everything by yourself and also have done the same with other projects you have been involved with, do you feel this gives you room to be a lot more creative?

Yes. When I started making music, especially Black Metal, there was no one actually sharing my interest, not even listening to it. So I arranged myself with working alone - and developed my own style of writing/recording - in short -running my own projects without the help of others. I also played together with other musicians, but the right feeling only comes up when I am alone. I guess my music never sought the masses but is individual and for a listener alone with himself - so shall be its creation.


7. Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?

In the first place I am thrilled by the independent way of releasing my music. I wanted to avoid producing
tons of MCs/CDs/etc. which are rarely selling from my side these days. Probably after some further demo
material I will focus physical releases as well but need to hear some improvement in writing and production
for that particular step.


8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?

So far it has been overwhelmingly good although the most feedback I received came from friends
and closer contacts. I always welcome listeners writing their impressions and hope some more will do.


9. What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that you are a part of?

The only active project is Regnum while the rest is closing the final chapter after and after. I have some releases of my side-projects left to come but mainly focus on Regnum and Koge these days. Regnum will come up in 2017 with a compilation tape of unreleased songs (to close a tape-series of
the re-issued demos) and finally with the vinyl versions of the first two CDs after more than 10 years. I am
preparing a new album for Regnum as well (the working here is a little slower currently).


10. Where do you see yourself heading into musically during the future?

Intensifying my path whatever expression I find and where ever it may lead. May it be silence one day.


11. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

The obvious influence on Koge is mainly Black Metal of the nineties and related ambient works. "Landscapes" of Ildjarn is one of my all time favourites. I listen to a broad spectrum of music
ranging from Black Metal over classic to noise/industrial, progressive rock and early synthesizer music. Nowadays I am deeply into the musical works of Hermann Nitsch, Arnold Schönberg, A.N. Skrjabin - mainly unconventional classical music with lots of other composers. I am impressed by those who submit to
the thought a holistic work - combing the effect on all senses.


12. Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?

Occultism plays a role for me as a person and is therefore bringing up thoughts and a mental attitude that inevitably have an effect on my music and the states which my music supports within me. I avoid putting quotes or certain terms into my lyrics that are simply taken from other writers. But I implement my personal experiences and thoughts by a reflection or description of the primal effect or state I found before. I feel a deep reference to the Golden Dawn and the old Fraternitas Saturni, Rune-meditation and other different
sources that I got into during all the years of exploring my mind and its relation to all its exceeding vastness.


13. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

My deepest thanks to the Occult Black Metal Zine for your time to explore Koge's first output and primal ideas. For anyone interested in Koge please visit https://koge.bandcamp.com or for more information on my complete musical work visit http://moriturus.de.to please. For questions and info also write at fb.moriturus@gmx.de.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/koge-interview.html


Barbarian Swords/Worms/Cimmerian Shade Recordings/2016 CD Review

mercredi 9 novembre 2016 à 02:01

  Barbarian  Swords  are  a  band  from  Spain  that  plays  a  mixture  of  black, doom  and  sludge  metal  with  some  elements  of  punk  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2016  album  "Worms"  which  will  be  released  on  November  11th  by  Cimmerian  Shade  Recordings.

  Movie  samples  start  off  the  album  and  after  a  minute  the  music  goes  into a   very  fast  and  raw  black  metal  direction  along  with  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats  while  the  vocals  are  high  pitched  screams  and  you  can  also  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  the  recording.

  Throughout  the  recording  you  can  hear  a  great  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  while  the  guitar  leads  are  very  dark  and  melodic  sounding  and  the  slower  sections  of  the  songs  are  very  heavily influenced  by  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  the  riffs  also  bring  in  a  decent  amount  of  melodies  and  most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  as  the  album  progresses  elements  of  harsh  noise  and  crust  punk  are  added  onto  the  recording  and  the  vocals  also  use  growls  in  some  of  the  songs.

  Barbarian  Swords  plays  a  musical  style  that  takes  a  very  dark  and  raw  form  of  black  metal  and  mixes  it  with  sludge  and  doom  metal  along  with  some  elements  of  noise  and  crust  punk  to  create  a  sound  of  their  own,  the  production  sounds  very  professional  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Anti  Religion,  Nihilism,  Misanthropic,  War  and  Porn  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Barbarian  Swords  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  black,  doom  and  sludge  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres, you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Pure  Demology"  "Christian  Worms"  and  "Requiem".  8  out  of  10.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/barbarian-swordswormscimmerian-shade.html


Nerevendetta Interview

dimanche 6 novembre 2016 à 20:12
1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?



Neravendetta is born in 2006 as a black metal project of two young guys, Francesco and Roberto, both as guitarist, we started, as many, playing raw black metal in our houses. We grow up playing and we found new members, Marco as bassist, and others who turned, to play live here around our city, called Cagliari in Sardinia, the island in the middle of Mediterranean sea. we recorded a promo in 2009 and we tried and failed to record our first album in 2014. After that we start working and continuing in playing has been difficult, thanks to home recording we finally got our first full album called Magnum Chaos.



2.Recently you have released an album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?

It’s not easy to describe it in one word genre. We can say that we play black / Viking because of sonorities, other say that its atmospheric, others very very epic. I really like that when people listen a song , after 5 minutes start whistling the main riff. It’s magic. Magnum Chaos has been recorded for the main part at home, with home recording studio. It happened because we had the remorse to lose everything done with Neravendetta in the last 5 years. I woke up the morning thinking i have very good ideas and I need to listen the music that I like, and I can play that music. We never meet together to play this new stuff. I (Francesco) played the riffs, made the entire song structure ( for 5 songs on 7)  and recorded guitar, keys and drum, than I sent with dropbox to the bassist and he returned to me the bass track, mounted on the software and that’s all. I wrote also voices and voice structures, the singer recorded everything following the instructions I made for him. This could sound not so emotional but it’s straight and it worked very well and we are very satisfied.





3.The band has been around since 2006 but so far has only had a demo and full length, can you tell us a little bit more about the gaps in between releases?

 This is a true story. The facts are that we are very normal people. When we was a band with all component we all studied to get our degrees and master degree, it has been very hard to continue to study and start to work and continue to play.every week, time passed very fast and we lost our focus on the band. But the flame never ended and now the fire has exploded!



4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?



Main topic of the songwriting are the stars and the legend and myth around them. We like immortal stories, never ending myths , order in chaos and stories of our main culture. Stars are guide in the dark and that’s what we need in our times. Look up every time you can and see the only things you will see for your whole life. That’s the inspiration of the songwriting.



5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Neravendetta'?

Vendetta in italian means revenge. Nero means black. Original name was vendetta but there are many bands with that name. we wanted an unique name, original, different from others and Italian. Revenge is an argument typical in Sardinian history, we play black metal and black it’s good adjectives for an argument like the revenge.. so Neravedendetta.



6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?

We had the pleasure to play several times, in the past we had a good follow of people. The best emotion it’s to find people never seen before, in the first row, banging their head listening your music. People were curious about us and we wanted to do the best to get satisfaction for our music. Stage performance was great.



7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Actually we are two, Francesco and Marco, we don’t’ plan to do live in next moths. Maybe we will start again but now it’s not in program.



8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and viking metal?

After the album came out, we started selling it on bandcamp. We had an unexpected response from the people. People are curious and there is a good movement from all over the world. We get contact in particularly with Russians, Brazilians and Uk’s people. But for us it’s very difficult to reach new people. We need someone who sponsor us. And we would like to spread our music as much as possible and get contact with the people interested in extreme music. Because of that we have 200 redeem code to download the album from bandcamp and the price of € 1 of the album it’s only symbolic. We are not interested in money and we are happy yo share the code for free download! Just contact us!



9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

We don’t see this



10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Nowadays we are close to 30 years. I simply continue to follow the band that make what I am today. Sometimes new bands make new great album and when I listen them I think wow, extreme music could surprise everyday and everyman can make very good music  thanks to the great music of the past.

M last years listening: Windir, Kampfar, Moonsorrow, Imperium Dekadenz, immortal, mgwa, Mistur, Cor Scorpii.



11.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?



We wrote to ten labels, we received good feedback but the most frequent answer was: we are full for 2 year we are sorry. Or we are interested but we have to split the cost of the disc.. We will send the album to more label to get our product in cd.



12.What are some of your non musical interests?

We live in an island with a millenary story, we are very attracted from our culture and from our land. We live it deeply looking what our fathers has done. We like history and visiting archeological sites, living our sea sailing or with kayak, and we work a lot! Maybe too much!



13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

I just have to ask to all the people who wake up the morning thinking all the day  to music the in their head, share this music with the people, buy the stuff to record it, make a good work and share it with the listener. We can make our best just for personal satisfaction but everybody can enjoy of it. We made this album for ourself, just for that , but we found that share that work it’s a very good sensation.

We want to thanks all the people interested in us, and all the people who spend their time in listening music, maybe not perfect, or with great production music , but true.

Source : http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2016/11/nerevendetta-interview.html